Archives For WWJD

You see it there, right? Right there in the title of this post–“fiend.”

Who do I mean? Who is this “fiend?”

Bryan Allain.

What do I mean?

He did this to me:

This Bryan Allain.

That’s right–I play words with this fiend!

He’s cutthroat, he’s lean…

And he’s mean!

This Bryan Allain.

Play him yourself.

You’ll see what I mean!

(search for ‘bryanallain’)

*By the by, I’m given to understand that his last name is French Canadian, so one pronounces it “Eileen.” Or so I’m told. 😉

'Jesus Loves* You' photo (c) 2008, R. M.  Calamar - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Jesus loves:

Satanists
Wiccans
Witches
Warlocks
Magicians
Harry Potter-readers

Jesus loves:

Atheists
Agnostics
Richard Dawkins &
Rob Bell

Jesus loves:

Homosexuals
Homophobes
Fred Phelps (Westboro “Baptist”)

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'Harry Potter' photo (c) 2005, Claire Schmitt - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Folks, I’ve made no secret here on the blog of the fact that I like J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books. The timeless themes of self-sacrifice, loyalty, of making hard choices–doing the right thing, rather than the easy thing–are what are so attractive about the books. That, and the rather obvious parallels the story has with the Gospel. (Aside from all that, as they say in England, the narrative is just a corking good yarn.)

Taken together, these form a strong (in mind) case as to why these books should have a place in your library.

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I Am Nuru from Nuru International on Vimeo.

Today’s post is the last I’ll write in support of The 24/7 Project. It does not, however, mark the end of my support for Nuru Internationl.

As mentioned previously, Nuru takes as its mission the ending of extreme poverty around the world. They put the hands and feet on the body of Christ, put them to work to end this scourge. Nuru does not “do Christianity,” but rather they are busy “being Christian.” They preach the Gospel in deed. No words necessary.

You have heard it said that “If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. But if you teach him how to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.” What I love about Nuru is that they do both: give the “fish,” and teach folks essential “fishing” skills. Families, and indeed entire communities, become self-sufficient. And this success is catching.

This where you come in. Nuru can’t do its work, can’t succeed, without you. For the last three weeks, along with other bloggers, I’ve been asking you to support Nuru. I think it entirely fitting and appropriate that this last post runs on Good Friday–the day we mark to honor Jesus’s sacrifice on our behalf. “Who for love’s sake become poor.” He became poor, that we might become rich in His love. And in the spirit of love, would you consider giving a gift to Nuru via their donations page on this Good Friday? If you do, please make sure to put “24/7 Project” in the comments field so your gift can be counted towards the project (there are only a couple of days left in it).

Thank-you so much for reading–and giving! Your gift will change lives. Be light, be hope, be Nuru.

Please check out the links below to see the blogs of all the bloggers participating in this project. They are all excellent writers, and you will be blessed in reading their work:

Seeking Pastor
(Matt Cannon)
From Tolstoy to Tinkerbell (Sarah Bost Askins)
Off the Cuff (K.C. Proctor)
Shawn Smucker (Shawn Smucker)
Jennifer Luitwieler (Jen Luitwieler)
Alise…Write! (Alise Wright) Alise the “ringmaster” on this project–she initiated it, and ask us all to help her make it a reality. Thanks for for sharing your vision, Alise!

>Jesus, Friend of Trick-or-Treaters? Or WWJD About Halloween?

Introduced into the social consciousness by Charles Sheldon’s 1896 book, In His Steps, the question “What would Jesus do?” has inarguably guided the faith of millions. While still popular, I think it safe to say that this meme reached its pinnacle in the 1990s. I have to wonder, though, is it the right question for us, now, at this point in history? While I agree we should be about the business of the imitation Christ, who among us is Jesus? I’m sure not—and chances are, neither are you—Jesus, and thus how are we supposed to know what He would do? (Unless we first know what He actually did–“If you abide in my Word, you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”). I think we need to back up a step and ask ourselves “What did Jesus do?” What business was He about when He walked among us? What was His primary mission? You know, what did He do? Once we know this, once it is settled in our hearts, we have a key that unlocks a whole host of other questions, such as: what does being in the world, but not of it look like? The answer that comes to mind is: Jesus. He’s our model of being in, but not of. That may seem overly simple, or all but unobtainable. But His is the only model of perfectly Christlike behavior I can find. How do we apply this? For instance, suppose we ask ourselves what would Jesus do on halloween night? How would He reach his family, friends, and neighbors? How about this: what did He do in a world dominated by fervent religiosity and overt paganism? How did He respond? What did Jesus do? Based upon my reading of Scriptures, I know that—no matter what He did do (healing the sick, giving sight to the blind, raising the dead)–the Lord Jesus was called a winebibber, a glutton, and a friend of sinners. Dare we be known as the friends of trick-or-treaters? Or is that too far outside our comfort zones? I submit that if we are indeed known as such, we are in good company.
In summary, the answer to the question of “what would Jesus do?” is another question: what did Jesus do? Because what He would do is what He always did, what He has been doing for the last 2000 years: whatever it takes to change lives. And as I see it, Halloween need not be an obstacle to this endeavor, but rather an opportunity to be embraced. We should start a new meme—a new “old” movement: WDJD–“What Did Jesus Do?” (“playing the number one hit record of all time, the Gospel”)–and go and do likewise.